Lionesses among those to be honoured at Pride of Britain Awards

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21 Oct 2022, 08:25

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The Lionesses will be honoured at the year’s Pride of Britain Awards alongside other community heroes.

England’s European champions were selected by the judging panel to receive a special award after “galvanising” the nation and becoming “new role models” for a whole generation.

Carol Vorderman and Ashley Banjo will be co-hosting the awards, which take place on 27th October, with an array of famous faces in the audience to celebrate the inspirational winners.

Three fathers from Manchester, Norfolk and Cumbria will also be honoured with an award after embarking on a charity walk raising more than £880,000 in memory of their three young daughters who took their own lives.

Mike Palmer, Tim Owen and Andy Airey will receive the special recognition award for trekking 550 miles over 31 days.

Speaking about the award, Mr Airey said: “During our walk we met very many suicide-bereaved parents, all of them said the same thing; it was only after they lost their child that they discovered that suicide was the biggest killer of under 35’s in the UK; they all asked, ‘If suicide is the biggest threat to our children’s lives, why is no one talking about it?’”

The lifetime achievement award will be given to Jill Allen-King, who lost her sight on her wedding night at 24-years-old due to glaucoma. She has tirelessly campaigned for better access for guide dogs in public spaces and became the first female president of the National Federation of the Blind UK.

Elizabeth Soffe will be receiving the Child of Courage Award for her charity run that raised £202,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who saved her life when a faulty air conditioner set fire to her room.

Speaking about the experience and living with scars caused by the fire, Elizabeth said: “It doesn’t matter what you look like, it just matters that you’re kind.”

There will be many more incredible people celebrated during the Pride of Britain Awards on 27th October, so make sure you tune in when it airs on ITV at 8pm.